In the last friendly before the debut against Turkey in the European Championships, Roberto Mancini’s Italy easily beat the Czech Republic 4-0.
The first chance is of the hosts, with Badge that seeks and finds Immobile in the penalty area that, with the left, kicks high. Jolt of the guests at 16 ‘with Krmencik that, seeing Donnarumma out of the poles, he tries to surprise him with a feat from midfield, but fails to draw the joker. At 23 ‘, the Azzurri take the lead with Immobile, unwittingly served by a Czech defender and after a dribble on Celutska, download in goal finding the deviation of the defender thus mocking Pavlenka. Shortly after, cross of Stretcher from the right to look again Immobile which, head diving, does not direct the ball that ends out. At 39 ‘, the Lazio striker becomes an assist-man for Badge, who stretches the ball too far and, from a tight angle, concludes out. In the following action, the well-deserved doubling arrives with Barella, whose shot is decisively deflected by He fought and, after hitting the post, he bags into the back of the goal defended by Pavlenka. In the second half, the first danger is of Badge which, served by Spinazzola, returns to the right from outside the box and sends a deviation out thanks to the accomplice. On the next corner, it coordinates Chiellini with the left sending to the side. At 65 ‘, on the Immobile-Insigne axis, the trio arrives by the Napoli striker, who celebrates his 30th birthday in the best possible way. At 74 ‘, there is glory for Berardi too, the fifth goal in blue in the last six games.
SPINAZZOLA – Positive performance that of the Roma full-back, appeared fully recovered after finishing the season prematurely in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final against Manchester United. While playing on the left in the 4-man line of defense, Spinazzola proposed a lot in the offensive phase along the lines of what was shown with the Roma shirt. In addition, the full-back was very careful also in the defensive phase, with an excellent diagonal in the 15 ‘on a Masopust cross and several balls intercepted in his area of competence. Spinazzola was then replaced in the 63rd minute by Emerson Palmieri.
CRISTANTE – Joined in the 63rd minute for Jorginho, the Giallorossi midfielder took the place of the Chelsea player between Barella and Locatelli. In about half an hour of play, Cristante managed to shine by starting the 4-0 goal: his, in fact, the deep pass for Insigne, who then packs the assist for Berardi’s fourth goal.
ITALY-CZECH REPUBLIC 4-0 (23 ‘Property, 42’ Barella, 65 ‘Insigne, 73’ Berardi)
ITALY (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Florenzi (87 ‘Toloi), Bonucci, Chiellini (63’ Acerbi), Spinazzola (63 ‘Emerson); Barella, Jorginho (63 ‘ Cristante), Locatelli; Berardi (78 ‘Church), Building (78’ Raspadori), Insigne.
Available: Sirigu, Meret, Di Lorenzo, Pessina, Belotti, Bernardeschi.
CT. Roberto Mancini
CZECH REPUBLIC (4-1-4-1): Pavlenka; Coufal, Brabec, Celutska (46 ‘Winter), Boril; King; Masopust (61 ‘Sevcik), Darida (81’ Sadilek), Barak (46 ‘Soucek), Jankto (61’ Vydra); Krmencik (46 ‘Schick).
Available.: Vaclik, Mandous, Kaderabek, Mateju, Pekhart, Pesek.
CT. Jaroslav Šilhavý
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
Assistants: Sladan Josipovic (SUI) – Matthias Sbrissa (SUI)
Fourth Officer: Alessandro Prontera (ITA)